Braces 101



Here at Pediatric Dental Professionals we strive to reach your ultimate goal of a beautiful healthy smile. We offer the most comprehensive and thorough orthodontic treatment necessary to achieve this goal. One of the main struggles with orthodontics is the oral hygiene at home. Our dedicated dental hygienist will be on premises to answer any questions or concerns that may arise. We have implemented a dental hygiene program that will aid and assist the patient in treatment to prevent our two biggest enemies in orthodontics......Decalcification and Gingivitis. Decalcification is the white line or "white spots" that you see closest to the gums in the video below. These are permanent white spots caused by plaque sitting on the tooth surface for an extended period of time. You can even see the outline of the bracket on the teeth once the braces were removed. Gingivitis is seen in between the teeth and following the contours of the gums. These things can be prevented with good oral hygiene at home as well as regular visits to the dentist.

As part of our orthodontic hygiene program we recommend cleanings at 3 month intervals for all orthodontic patients.





Important Retainer Info

  • Please wear your retainers as advised; otherwise your teeth may relapse. This can occur very quickly. The retainers do exactly what the name implies: they "retain" your teeth.
  • It is very important that you wear the retainers 24 hours a day, unless otherwise instructed.
  • It takes a few days to get used to speaking with retainers in. Practice by reading aloud or singing!
  • Dr. Williams or Dr. Robirds will continue to monitor your teeth/retainer for one year after removing the braces.
  • Bring ALL retainers with you to your appointed retainer checks. Dr. Williams or Dr. Robirds will let you know when you can reduce wear.
  • Take your retainer out to eat/drink
  • Be sure to keep retainers in a safe place such as the retainer box we have provided
  • Keep retainers away from pets. They love to chew them up!
  • DO NOT wrap retainers in a napkin or put them in your pocket, they could get bent, broken, or even worse, thrown away!
  • Keep retainers at room temperature when not being worn. If left out in the hot sun, your retainers may get distorted from the heat. DO NOT use hot water to clean.
  • Plaque can build up on your retainers. Once it hardens, it is almost impossible to remove. This can make your retainer smell and taste bad.
  • To clean the retainers without a wire (essix), use mild hand soap. Toothpaste is too abrasive and will scratch these clear retainers. To clean the retainers with a wire (hawley), you may use a toothbrush and toothpaste. Be sure to hold in the palm of your hand and clean both sides.
  • Efferdent or retainer brite is recommended to clean either retainer. You may freshen your retainer by soaking in mouth wash, not to exceed 5 minutes or it can distort.
  • If your retainer becomes uncomfortable, painful, is lost, or is damaged, please call the office as soon as possible. A fee may apply for repaired or replaced retainers.
  • If retainers are not worn as instructed your teeth may shift. This may require for you to be re-treated at an additional fee.


• The CRUST of the PIZZA is the best part, and the place where all of the bent wires start.

• A HARD ROLL or PRETZEL or BAGEL or BONE will knock off your braces, so leave them alone.

• DORITOS or TACOS with shells that are hard, can be fed to the birdies in the back yard.

• POPCORN and movies are fun for all, but the pain POPCORN causes is no fun at all.

• BEEF JERKY and SLIM JIMS are fun to eat, but for wrecking your braces they're hard to beat!

• All RIBS and MEATS that are found on the BONE are the types of foods that should be left alone.

• CORN ON THE COB you should never eat, but removed from the cob, it can taste just as sweet!

• HARD CANDY and LOLLIPOPS are a sweet delight, but will damage your braces if you ever do bite.

• CARAMEL and TAFFY and SUGAR GUM sticks to your braces which isn't much fun.

• Biting ICE from a cool drink is refreshing I know, but it destroys your 1000 times NO!

• Biting your FINGERNAILS is a hard habit to break, but doing it with braces is a big mistake.

• PENSPENCILS, and POPSICLE STICKS can ruin your braces; if you chew them they cause lots of unhappy faces.


All of these foods should be avoided for a while, but remember it's all for a BEAUTIFUL SMILE!

Pediatric Dental Professionals
9015 Mountain Ridge Dr, Suite 320
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: 512-346-9771
Fax: 512-343-8111
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